The New York Rangers have placed defenseman Mike Kostka on waivers, as Dan Boyle is set to replace him in the lineup. Kostka’s stint in the lineup, first game and pair of epic turnovers aside, wasn’t terrible. He was a sub-50% possession player in 57% OZ starts, but he’s the 8D on the depth chart, so expectations are a part of why I say “wasn’t terrible.”
I doubt he gets claimed, so he’s likely Hartford bound.
Despite earlier reports that Tanner Glass may be out with a back injury, he will be in the lineup tonight against the shorthanded Columbus Blue Jackets. Jesper Fast, who blocked a shot awkwardly on Thursday, is also in the lineup. Both of these reports are per Andrew Gross. Cam Talbot gets the start.
Also, Matt Lombardi cleared unconditional waivers, and the Rangers will terminate his contract. This will give the Rangers much needed flexibility in the trade market.
The Rangers have placed center Matt Lombardi on unconditional waivers, with the intent on terminating his contract, per Renaud Lavoie. Sounds like Lombardi didn’t want to play in the AHL, and will likely go back to Switzerland. Lombardi was given a two-year deal by the Rangers as insurance for the 3C position, but was beaten out by J.T. Miller.
Lombardi and Steven Kampfer are in the running for shortest Ranger careers ever.
With the Rangers in need of dropping one more forward to get to the 23 man roster (deadline was 5pm today), the Rangers assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Mueller was waived yesterday and cleared today, but was not immediately assigned to the AHL.
This likely means that Kevin Hayes will not head to the IR, as had been speculated.
Per Renaud Lavoie, the Rangers have waived center Matt Lombardi and defensemen Steve Kampfer and Mike Kostka. As a formality, they have also placed goalie Cedrick Desjardins on waivers, but that was expected. He wasn’t on waivers during the last round of cuts because he was injured, and injured players cannot be waived.
This means that Matt Hunwick has likely won the 7D spot (assuming Dylan McIlrath is sent to Hartford for big minutes). This also means that Lombardi’s injury likely cost him a legitimate shot at cracking this roster. I assume he will be a short term injury call up if need be.
The Rangers announced nine cuts today, including forwards Danny Kristo and Ryan Bourque:
Forwards: Chris Bourque, Ryan Bourque, Danny Kristo, Nick Tarnasky
Defensemen: Conor Allen, Mat Bodie, Tommy Hughes, Petr Zamorky
Goalies: Jason Missiaen
There are 34 players in camp now:
Forwards (20): Derick Brassard, Anthony Duclair, Jesper Fast, Tanner Glass, Carl Hagelin, Ryan Haggerty, Kevin Hayes, Marek Hrivik, Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Matthew Lombardi, Ryan Malone, J.T. Miller, Dominic Moore, Chris Mueller, Rick Nash, Martin St. Louis, Lee Stempniak, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello
Defensemen (10): Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Matt Hunwick, Steven Kampfer, Kevin Klein, Michael Kostka, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, John Moore, Marc Staal
Goaltenders (3): Henrik Lundqvist, Cedrick Desjardins, Cam Talbot
It’s worth nothing that both Bourques, and Tarnasky need to pass through waivers first. Cedrick Desjardins, who was not cut yet due to injury, will need to pass through waivers as well.
Per Darren Dreger, the Rangers have officially placed goalie Martin Biron on unconditional waivers. This is just a paperwork move to terminate the contract and open up a spot on the 50-man reserve list. Biron will go unclaimed.
The Taylor Pyatt era in New York has come to an end. The Pittsburgh Penguins have claimed the winger off waivers, absolving the Rangers of his $1.55 million cap hit and clearing a spot on the 50 man reserve list. Over his 70 games for the Rangers, Pyatt was a pretty big disappointment, putting together a line of 6-6-12 over the season and a half.
Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers have placed forward Taylor Pyatt on waivers. Pyatt has been a big disappointment this season and hasn’t played a game since the December 12 loss to Columbus. Pyatt has just one assist in his 22 games this season, while being a negative Corsi player (42.7% Corsi) with 34.5% offensive zone starts. As Kevin said this morning, it appears that Pyatt’s speed has cost him a lot. His effort is not being questioned, but his execution has been lacking all year. The move likely signals that Ryan Callahan is good to go for Friday’s game in Pittsburgh. With Cally activated off IR, the Rangers needed to clear a roster spot.
If Pyatt clears waivers –and is assigned to the AHL– the Rangers will clear $925,000 of his $1.55 million salary. If he is claimed, then the entire $1.55 million will be off the books.
Per Pierre LeBrun, both Arron Asham and Martin Biron have cleared waivers. Both will be (have not at the moment) assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. However, Biron has hinted he might retire instead. Can’t blame him, he’s got a family to think about.